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Robert Wiegand papers and video art, 1953-1994

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as seven series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1953-1994
1.5 Linear feet

Series contains records related to Robert Wiegand's life and career. These include various resumes written for teaching, video production and the arts world. School records include report cards, a diploma from SUNY's College of Buffalo, received in 1957, and Wiegand's school yearbooks from 1952-57. Handwritten and typed bibliographic lists of sources that mention Wiegand are also found. Of note are guest registries from early Phoenix Gallery one-man shows and Wiegand's Soho live/work artist permit from 1976. Fifteen VHS videocassettes and two 8mm videocassettes document personal events such as Wiegand and Lynn Braswell's 1991 wedding and Wiegand's funeral and memorial service in 1994. Also among these recordings are interviews with Wiegand about his work and various home movies.
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Resumes, 1979 - 1987
Folder 2 contains a 5.25 floppy disc in addition to what is assumed to be a paper copy of the contents of the disc.
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1-2
Report Cards and Diploma, 1947 - 1964
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3-4
School Yearbooks, 1952 - 1957
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5-10
Personal History Documents, 1963 - 1987
Contains a draft card, a horoscope, a family coat of arms document and a video rental form.
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11
Soho Artist Studio Permit, 1976 - 1979
1
12
Art Show Guest Registries, 1959 - 1966
1
13
Bibliography Lists, 1959 - 1978
1
14
Video Interviews, 1987 - 1988
3 videocassettes (vhs)
labeled "Bob on his own work", "Bob Wiegand 3/1988", and "Bob Wiegand June 1987"
1
15
Wedding Videos, Photographs and Other Material, 1991 June
Includes 5 videocassettes (VHS), photographs, slides, program, and napkins from Robert and Ingrid Wiegand's wedding. Three videocassettes are numbered 1-3, one is labeled "Wedding Line", and one is labeled "Wedding Master".
1
16-18
Home Movies, Videos, 1979 - 1990
5 videocassettes (vhs)
labeled "Indira's Christening" (1974), "Shelly's Birthday", "Stanley's Birthday", "Lynn's Birthday", and "Bob's Birthday" (1990)
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1-2
Obituaries, 1994 - 1994
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1.
2
3
Funeral and Memorial Service Videos and Other Materials, 1994 June 3
Contains photographs, programs, notes, and 4 videocassettes (2 VHS and 2 8mm) of Robert Wiegand's funeral and memorial service held on June 3, 1994.
2
4-6
Oversized material from Obituaries, 1994
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 3.
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Series 2: Correspondence and Letters , 1962 - 1990
0.2 Linear feet

Correspondence is comprised primarily of letters written by Wiegand, and a handful of letters received. Outgoing letters are found in the form of floppy disks and paper records assumed to correspond to the contents of floppy disks.
Outgoing letters primarily concern job hunting and other personal financial matters, but other types of documents are scattered throughout the series such as television series pitches, lecture notes on artist talks, scripts for video works, draft resumes and bios, and cover letters for job applications. One folder contains correspondence written by Wiegand to his son's teachers.
Letters received include sixteen original letters containing feedback and inquiries about artworks. Letters are from James McLeon, Vivian Browne, Susan Larson, Burt Chernow, and Alexandra Rose, among others. Additional correspondence can be found in the project files. Personal cards consist of a handful of commercially produced greeting cards received by Wiegand. One postcard is from 1962, while the remaining are greeting cards that date to the early 1990s.
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Letters, 1985 - 1991
5 floppy discs
Includes printouts presumed to be from floppy disks
numbered 1-4 and "Peter"
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7-11
Letters Received, 1971 - 1989
2
12
Personal Cards Recieved, 1962- circa 1990
2
13

Series 3: Art Project Files , 1968 - 1992
1 Linear foot

Series contains documentation of projects Robert Wiegand co-founded or co-produced. Each project contains a combination of press materials, event flyers, clippings, photographs, correspondence, and several projects also contain video documentation (9 VHS videocassettes and 2 U-Matic), including
Snapshots for an Indian Day
,
Madama Butterfly
, and
ArtistsTalkOnArt
.
Documents include oversized photographs of each of the 10 artists in the inaugural "10 Downtown" exhibition.
City Walls
documentation includes lists of the murals, clippings, business correspondence, and many photographs and slides taken of mural projects. Photographs notably include images of the buildings before the murals were painted, and some finished murals that no longer exist. Documentation of the Experiments in Art and Technology project by Wiegand and Lloyd Kreutzer called
Changes
(subtitled "an Image-Theater Environment") include postcards, publicity, and photographs. India materials include a project proposal, postcards, press clippings, a poster, and video for multiple projects that resulted from the Wiegand's trip to India in 1977, including
Snapshots for an Indian Day
,
Indiamedia
, and
Indiawall
. Video elements are found for
Snapshots
only. Wiegand's "Madama Butterfly" project is represented in this series by a video of the piece he produced for WNYC-TV.
ArtistsTalkOnArt
is documented with committee lists, a grant proposal, and solicitation letters to artists, as well as videos of panels created and hosted by Wiegand, including Leonard Horowitz, Amy Ernst, Pat Passlof, Burt Hasen, and Philip Pavia. Also found are flyers, postcards, and videos documenting a benefit for the organization in 1989, with performers Carolee Schneemann, Laura Foreman, and Matthew Courtney among others. Additionally, a performance compilation video from 1990 features artists Akiva, Kevin Carter, Vernta Nemec, Dennis Downey, and Marther Weisman.
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"10 Downtown" (1968), 1968 - 1978
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 4.
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14
City Walls, 1968 - 1982
Correspondence, 1968 - 1975
2
15
Flyers, Exhibitions and Writings, 1968 - 1975
2
16
Press Materials and Clippings, 1968 - 1982
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 3.
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17
Photographs, 1968 - 1975
2
18
Slides, 1968 - 1975
310 color slides
2
19-20
Changes
, Experiments in Art and Technology, 1968 - 1969
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1
India and
Snapshots of An Indian Day
, 1978
3 videocassettes (u-matic)
3
2-4
Madama Butterfly
, Production, 1979 - 1980
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
5-6
ArtistsTalkonArt (ATOA), 1986 - 1992
Correspondence, 1986 - 1987
1 floppy disc
Includes printouts presumed to be from floppy disks
labeled ATOA
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7
Programming Records, 1986 - 1990
3
8
1989 Benefit, Videos and Flyers, 1989 May 22
Includes two videocassettes (VHS) labeled ATOA Benefit in addition to flyers and postcards for the event. One tape is listed as camera original.
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9
"There's A Song" Videos, circa 1990
2 videocassettes (vhs)
labeled "There's A Song 11/4" with Leonard Horowitz and Amy Ernst
3
10
Pat Passlof Video, 1990 January 19
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 2 hours
labeled 'Pat Passlof;" Index card with video reads "raw footage of Pat Passlof interviewed by Bob Wiegand about the art scene in the 1930s-1950s"
3
11
Burt Hasen Video, 1992 February 21
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
labeled "Bob Wiegand interview of Burt Hasen; video by Sheldon Cholst;" index card with the tape reads "discussing the art world in Paris during WWII and New York in the 1940s-50s and the influence of the GI Bill"
3
11
Philip Pavia Video, 1989 January 9
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
labeled "Philip Pavia;" index card with tape reads "raw footage of Robert Wiegand interviewing Philip Pavia about coming to NY as a young artist and meeting at the Club in the mid 1930s"
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11
ATOA Performance Compilation, circa 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 25 minutes
artists listed on the tape, "Akiva", "Kevin Carter", "Vernta Nemec", "Dennis Downey", and "Marther Weisman"
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12
Oversized Photographs from "10 Downtown" Exhibition, 1968
Oversized content from Box 2, Folder 14.
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4
Oversized Material from
City Walls
, Press Materials and Clippings, 1968 - 1982
Oversized content from Box 2, Folder 17.
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3

Series 4: Printed Materials , 1959 - 1990
0.5 Linear feet

This series includes exhibition announcements, flyers for video screenings, scrapbooks, clippings and reviews, magazines, and books that feature Wiegand. A scrapbook compiled by Wiegand for his 5th One Man Show of Paintings in New York at the Phoenix Gallery was dissasembled and contains an artist statement, photographs of paintings, and newspaper clippings from 1957 to 1966. Clippings and reviews include newspaper articles about Wiegand and his work from 1959-1976. Magazine publications featuring Wiegand include
The Art Gallery Magazine
(1971),
US Dept of Housing and Urban Development National Community Arts Program
(1973),
Arts Magazine
(1974), and
Novum Gebrauchs Graphik
(1976). Among the books is a 1976 monograph,
Video Art
, in which Wiegand's work comprises an entire chapter.
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Exhibition Announcements, 1959 - 1991
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13
Disassembled Scrapbooks, 1957 - 1976
Folder 1 of 2 contains a scrapbook disassembled by the processor. Folder 2 of 2 contains pages from a previously disassembled scrapbook with materials from 1959-1962.
3
14-15
Clippings and Reviews, 1961 - 1976
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 2.
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15
Exhibition Program, 10th Street Days, 1977
1 exhibition catalog
3
16
Video Screening Flyers, 1978 - 1990
3
17
Magazine Publications, 1971 - 1977
4 magazines (periodicals)
1 duplicate
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1
Books
4
Horizon
, 1974
4
2
Video Art
, 1976
4
3
Archigraphia
, 1978
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4
Oversized Clippings and Reviews, 1961 - 1976
Oversized content from Box 3, Folder 15.
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Series 5: Video Art , circa 1970-1982
1 Linear foot

Series contains video artworks created by Wiegand, often in collaboration with Ingrid Wiegand, found on three VHS videocassettes and nine U-matic videocassttes. In addition to video, other records in the series include an essay on video art written by Wiegand and a list of video artworks with descriptions. More writings on artworks can be found in the correspondence folders.
Georges
is a video about Georges Noel and his relationship to video and audio feedback.
Julie
is a video dance work featuring dancer Julie Finch, two cameras, and a switcher. Tom Lillard stars in
Moran
, where both the acting and the video dissolve together while performing a segment of Samuel Beckett's novel,
Molloy
.
Omar is El Uno
features five audio tracks that are expressive of the layered construction of soundtracks for video.
Nat
explores the single room occupancy hotel of a resident at the end of his life. In
Walking (interstices)
, Ingrid Wiegand layers three realities of daily life with her camera. And
Face-Off
features both Robert and Ingrid Wiegand in a two-channel work which seeks to simultaneously explain video signals and the nature of relationships. Lastly,
How to Tell An Artist
provides Dr. Sheldon Cholst with a platform for expressing his views on the subject from the perspective of a Psychiatrist.
Chameleon Compilation
is a clip reel including most of these works that was shown at the Chameleon Club in NYC in 1988.
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Video Art Writings, circa 1980
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5
Georges
, circa 1970
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
labeled "NTSC Corrected Georges"
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6
Julie, Moran, Omar is El Uno
, 1974
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 8 minutes, 22 seconds
labeled "Corrected NTSC Master Julie, Moran, and Omar"
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate of Moran, labeled "Tom Lillard as Moran from Beckett's Molloy"
Video contains three separate artworks on a single cassette.
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7
Nat
, 1974
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duplicate; labeled "poor copy of Nat from 1/2 inch"
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
labeled "Nat c1974 dub"
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate; labeled "Nat 23:50 Dub"
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Walking (interstices)
, 1975
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duplicate; labeled "Walking 1988 dub"
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 18 minutes
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10
Face-Off
, 1979
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 8 minutes
label reads "Face-Off Bob and Ingrid Wiegand, Produced by Davidson Gigliotti New York"
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1
How To Tell An Artist with Dr. Sheldon Cholst
, 1982
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duplicate; label reads "How To Tell An Artist with Sheldon Cholst, M.D."
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 8 minutes, 15 seconds
label reads "How To Tell An Artist with Sheldon Cholst, M.D."
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2
Chameleon Compilation
, 1988 February
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration approximately 90 minutes
"Chamelion Compilation" written on the tape; Index card with the tape lists "Face-Off, Nat, Dancer, Moran, Walking, Omar, Georges, and Snapshots"
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Series 6: Photographs , 1953-1994
1 Linear foot

This series contains photographs and slides of Robert Wiegand and his work. The photographs include portraits, family photos, artworks, and images of Wiegand's studio at the time of his death in 1994. The slides are mainly of artworks and were accessioned in binders labeled as Master Slides and Duplicate Slides, which were disassembled. Note that the binder labeled duplicates contained unique images in addition to duplicates from the binder labeled master slides. Actual duplicate slides are filed under the heading "duplicate slides of artworks," and the unique slides found in this binder were separated during processing and filed by subject. These include slides of the 1976 "Bicentennial Banners" exhibition, later artworks, slides of "The Buffalo Statement", and slides of works by other artists that were used for teaching.
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Photographs of Robert Wiegand, 1953-1994
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4
Photographs of Robert and Family, circa 1970-1990
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5
Photographs of Artworks, 1959 - 1966
5
6
Photographs of Studio, 1994 May
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Master Slides of Artworks, 1954 - 1989
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8-12
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Slides of "Bicentennial Banners" (1976), 1976
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2
Slides of Later Artworks, 1977 - 1990
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3
Slides of "The Buffalo Statement", 1971 - 1972
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4
Slides for Teaching, circa 1961-1971
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5
Duplicate Slides of Artworks, 1957 - 1989
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Series 7: Other Video Recordings , circa 1975-1989
4 Linear feet

This series contains video recordings that are neither Wiegand's artworks or personal recordings, but other types of recordings he produced, as well as a few tapes made both others found with his papers. Categories of recordings in the series are industry productions, independent projects, performance documentation, work samples, and works by others.
Industry productions are mainly educational and training videos made for companies such as IBM, Dynalloy Company, DJR Associates, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Also found is a tape made for the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program called
The Sentence II
. Wiegand's process involved using low quality video equipment to storyboard and write scripts in the pre-production phase, and these tapes are found among the finished projects, along with occasional paper documentation.
Independent projects include unedited footage, excerpts, and finished programs that Wiegand created for small organizations and individuals. Notable projects include
Bob Towbin's B-Day Special
, a home-movie-artwork hybrid video created by Ingrid and Robert for Bob Towbin's 35th birthday,
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
, a project produced by Wiegand that aired on DCTV, an
Arts Mag
episode produced by Ingrid Wiegand, and clips of Angelique Martin's talk show, edited by Robert Wiegand. Wiegand also shot, edited and produced Pamela Stockwell's reenactment of the Tompkins Square Riot. All the unedited footage of the reenactment, in addition to the finished edited piece, are in this series. The printed materials series contains paper documentation related to a few of these videos.
Performance documentation contains video of performing artists Trisha Brown, Leonard Horowitz, Carolee Schneeman, and Laura Foreman, among others, and four compilation tapes of performances Wiegand shot. Trisha Brown's
Line-Up
performance also includes an interview with her. Eight hours of raw footage of performances at the East Village performance club, ABC No Rio, are also found.
Work samples include compilation clips of Wiegand's works. They were used for teaching and soliciting production work. The first two videos are components of a single work, video and narration, yet neither of them are an edit master. Works by others include two tapes that are tools Wiegand may have used in the creation of his videos, a calibration tape and a sales tape for a video title making tool.
Eyes on the Prize
is an off-air taping of the well-known documentary.
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Industry Productions
International Business Machines,
Ideas... Another Opportunity
, 1981
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 15 minutes
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate; labeled "IBM"
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9
New York University,
The Sentence I
, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate; labeled "IBM"
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 60 minutes
6
10
Tenba Bag Corporation,
Tenba Bag
, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
label reads "First Part Tenba"
6
11
Dynalloy Company,
Killian Set-Up
, 1981 January 13
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Includes paper documentation explaining the training video
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1-2
DJR Associates,
FMS 80/81
, 1982
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 60 minutes
tape has a label from 'Intercontinental Televideo'; checked boxes include NTSC, 525, and Duplicate
7
3
Bergwall Productions,
Basic Electricity
, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate; labeled "IBM"
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 20 minutes
on label "non-TBC'd copy of Master"
7
4
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Robotics and the Management Challenge
, 1983
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 51 minutes; Includes paper documentation used to explain the training video
label reads "Robotics Master"
7
5-6
Energy- Where Are We? Where Are We Going?
, 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 28 minutes; Includes paper documentation used to explain the training video
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duplicates; labled "ASME Energy Copy"
7
7-9
Elevator Inspection
Unedited Footage, circa 1985
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
labeled "Part 1 Master" and "Part 2 Master"
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicates; labeled "Part 1 dub" and "Part 2 dub"
8
1
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10
Edited Version, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
1
Independent Projects
Abstract Footage, Unedited, circa 1975
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
label states "Old Fort"
8
2
Aerobis-t-r-e-t-c-h with Paula
, Entire Program, 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
label reads "rough cut of Aerobis-t-r-e-t-c-h with Paula for review purposes only, copyright Square 12 Video Copy (#3)"
8
3
Angelique Martin
, Talk Show Excerpt, 1984
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 5.5 minutes
8
4
Arts Mag: Avant-Garde Art
, Entire Program, 1979
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 31 minutes, 20 seconds
Title from tape label which reads "Tandoor Line Footage;" Index card with tape reads "Stan Gillila, Tom Johnson, Bill Viola 'Migration', Trisha Brown and Deborah Jewett, Ingrid Wiegand Executive Producer"
8
5
Bob Towbin's B-Day Special
, circa 1975
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 35 minutes
8
6
Documentary Boat Ride in NY Harbor, Unedited Footage, 1988 July 4
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 2 hours
Title taken from index card found with tape which reads "Documentary boat ride in NY Harbor, mentioned, unedited, original no titles;" title on tape reads "4th of July"
8
7
Interview with Unknown New York Artist, Bolles, circa 1975
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 12 minutes
label reads "Bolles"
8
8
Tandoor Line Footage, Unedited, 1982 July 26
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
label reads "Copy Tandoor Line Footage;" 1 audio track contains timecode
8
9
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
, 1976
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 20 minutes, 11 seconds
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicates
9
1-2
Pamela Stockwell's
Tompkins Square Police Riot
9
Edited Documentary, 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 8 minutes, 30 seconds
Index card states "Master Documentary video by Bob Wiegand, performance by Pamela Stockwell, Colette Miller, Peggy Vignon"
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3
Unedited Footage, 1988 October 12
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration approximately 75 minutes
Index card states "Original raw footage of Tompkins Square Police Riot Performance, Stockwell creating art piece First International Anathema Party Takeover, Lower East Side, Night club"
9
3
Performance Documentation
ABC No Rio
, East Village Performance Club Unedited Footage, 1988
4 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 8 hours
labels read "ABC NO REO 1-4." Index card states"Document of East Village performance club owned by Matthew Courney, raw footage, open performances on Sunday nights.
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4-5
Carolee Schneeman,
Cat Torture I and II
, 1989 May
2 Videocassettes
Duration 8 minutes
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6
Five Media Works Compilation Tape
, circa 1980
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
label reads "Newrican Vil., Laura Foreman, Hisackika, John Watts performance, Wendy Chambers and Bill Rabinovitch, Trish Brown Dance Co. Spanish Dance."
9
7
Laura Foreman,
Line-Light Ensemble
, 1988 June 6
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 25 minutes, 15 seconds
Index card states "10 monitors in background, about sexually transmitted diseases, dancer in red tutu."
9
8
Leonard Horowitz at ABC No Rio, 1989 January 15-22
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 8 minutes, 24 seconds
9
9
Performance Compilation Tapes
9
Bob and Ingrid Wiegand
, Compilation of Works, circa 1980
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 31 minutes, 30 seconds
Side of tape label reads "Bob and Ingrid Wiegand Compilation Tape." Top of tape label reads "Tom Lillard 7:40, Bob/Ingrid Wiegand 7:30, Kirk Nurock 3:10, Trisha Brown 3:30, Pamela Stockwell 5:20, Leonard Horowitz 4:00."
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10
Performance Footage, Unedited, circa 1980
1 videocassettes (vhs)
label reads "Performance"
9
10
Performance Compilation, Unedited, circa 1980
1 videocassettes (vhs)
22 minutes
label reads "Perf Comp." Index card reads " Performance Comp. Raw footage. Pamela Stockwell, Lenny Horowitz, ATOA?, One Night With You Horowitz Lower East Side Street Performance."
9
10
Trisha Brown,
Line-Up
, circa 1977
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 7 minutes, 22 seconds
label reads "Trisha Brown interviewed then performance of Line-Up."
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1
Work Samples
10
Work Samples, Clips Without Narration, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 15 minutes
Tape title reads "Video Demo #1" and tape label lists "Basic Electricity, Killian Setup, The Tenbe Bag, Snapshots for an Indian Day, Madama Butterfly."
10
2
Work Samples, Video Narration without Clips, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration 10 minutes
label reads "Demo Byte"
First 10 minutes is the Demo Tape without the narration on "Demo #1", the rest of the tape is the remnants of Wiegand's Elevator training tape.
10
3
Work Samples, Clips for Teaching, circa 1985
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 11 minutes, 30 seconds.
Tape label reads "Demo Teach Master." Index card found with tape states the contents "Nature, Bombay footage (Snapshots), Vocal group (ArtsMag), Dee Willis Genesis and Interview (Angelique), IBM, Nan Martin and The Sentence (NYU)."
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicate
10
4
Works by Others
10
Eyes on the Prize
, Commercial Production, 1986
1 videocassettes (vhs)
10
5
Mindset Video Titler M-1000
, Sales Video, 1986
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Duration 10 minutes
label is from "JVC Company of America"
10
6
New Jersey Nightly News
, Calibration Tape, 1985
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duration approximately 3 minutes
10
7

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